UNFORTUNATELY THERE IS A NATIONAL PROBLEM WITH THE CHEMICALS USED BY LABORATORIES WHEN TESTING BLOOD SAMPLES.
SO, WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT, WE HAVE BEEN INFORMED TO PAUSE ROUTINE TESTING OF BLOOD SAMPLES. WE DO NOT KNOW WHEN A NORMAL SERVICE WILL RESUME.
REGRETTABLY WE WILL HAVE TO CONTACT MANY PATIENTS TO CANCEL THEIR BLOOD TEST APPOINTMENTS. WE RECOGNISE THIS WILL CAUSE FRUSTRATION AND ANXIETY AND APOLOGISE FOR THIS BUT THIS SITUATION IS COMPLETELY OUTSIDE THE PRACTICE'S CONTROL.
THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IS LOOKING INTO THIS AND WE WILL KEEP YOU UPDATED ONCE WE HAVE MORE INFORMATION.
PATIENTS WHO REQUIRE URGENT BLOOD TESTS WILL BE PRIORITISED BY THE CLINICAL TEAM.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING AT THIS TIME.
Please note that when you have had tests done, such as X-rays or blood tests, you should not assume that “no news is good news”. Please contact us for the results after 11.00 am each day.
The practice has a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection. We will only release test results to the person to whom they relate unless that person has given prior permission for the release of this data or they are not capable of understanding the results.
If you believe you have a urinary tract infection, or need to provide a urine sample for any other reason, please discuss this with a medical professional or provide an accompanying symptom sheet before handing any samples to reception
Please be aware that we are unable to collect or test urine samples after 12:30 on a Friday afternoon. This is because hospital collections cut off at 12:30, meaning that any samples received after that time would stay at the surgery over the weekend, and would no longer be considered viable for testing.
All urine samples must be within a sterile container, provided by the surgery or another healthcare organisation.